Apr 30, 2017

Chicken Up @ Subang Jaya KL - Up Or Down?

Last weekend, I took my friends out for lunch. We visited the newly opened and much talked about, Chicken Up, located within the bustling Subang Jaya square.

Being our first time there, we ordered some of their signature dishes to try. Our Korean feast was clearly a bountiful one and we were quite unanimous on our favorites (some good; some so-so).

Tip: Choose a table indoors. I was seated outdoors and was literally sweating buckets. Bump up the air conditioning please! I didn't have much choice however, the lighting were far better for photography outdoors. I guess I'd have to give and take.

Meant to be shared, this Snow Squid Topokki (RM68) was one of the apparent best sellers here. I wasn't a huge fan of this sharing pot though (it came way too fiery for my tastebuds!), though my friends really enjoyed it nevertheless. I'd like to stick to the chicken please.
Sizzling at the center - fiery yet addictive servings of deep fried breaded squids, fish cake and rice cake, doused in spicy gochujang sauce. Going around the sharing pot - steamed egg sprinkled with grinded padana cheese, kimchi fried rice, caramelised kimchi, cheese and corn.
They claimed the Ganjang Soya Chicken Wings (RM28) was the best Korean Fried Chicken in Singapore. But how did it fared in Malaysian shores? Having gone through a 12-hour marination process, coated beautifully in special garlic soy sauce, then deep fried to a golden brown color - these servings of chicken wings were crunchy and sweet on the outside, tender inside and packed with flavors. So yummy!

Though the Yangpa Bomb (RM18) (crispy golden onion petals) tasted great, it seriously wasn't sliced through properly. We had a really tough time prying it apart. Next please. 
We all agreed that the Haemul Pajeon (RM26) was delicious. The thickness and crispness of the pancakes were very well done, plus, they didn't skimp on the seafood - shrimps, squids, chilli peppers, onions and chives.

The combination of flavors and textures of the Bulgogi Fries (RM26) too were harmonious, consisting of crisp fries topped with marinated beef, onions and shallots, in white garlic sauce. In retrospect however, I wished it came with more white garlic sauce.
After all of that, this humungous serving of Watermelon Bingsu (RM38) was definitely a refreshing treat. The shaved ice was milky and smooth, the watermelon balls were juicy and sweet, and the premium vanilla ice cream and redbean, simply added textures to the overall dessert. I'd highly recommend.

In addition to the food, we also shared a serving of Lychee Beerita (RM48), which I really enjoyed, and a Seabreeze Sojurita (RM48). Opt for either beer-based cocktail, or soju-based cocktail here. A 'chimaek' (chicken and beer) experience would not be complete without the alcohol. Seriously.

Overall Rating: 7/10. For the diehard Korean foodie, I'd recommend the Ganjang Soy Chicken Wings, Korean Pancake and Bulgogi Fries. Read the rest of my Korean Restaurant in Subang Jaya reviews Here.

Chicken Up is located at:
Address: No.7, 7-1, 7-2 Jalan SS15/4E, Subang Jaya.
Phone: 017-577 9377
Opening Hours: 11.30am-10.30pm (Mon-Thurs) 11.30am-11pm (Fri-Sun)

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